Data Entry Operator Salary

Earnings for Data Entry Operators in the United States come in at around $12.21 per hour on average. Compensation ranges between $9.42 per hour and $16.45. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — one in three lack coverage. On the flip side, the greater part have medical insurance and a little more than half receive dental plans. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Data Entry Operators making up 75 percent. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$21,521 - $45,925
(Median)
$22K
$31K
$46K
MEDIAN: $31,285
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$9.42 - $16.45
(Median)
$9
$12
$16
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$21,521 - $45,925  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,028  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$20,047 - $38,540  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 96
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.42 - $16.45  
   
Overtime
$10.00 - $25.11  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,028  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$20,047 - $38,540  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 476
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Job Description for Data Entry Operator

Most of the time, data entry operators work in an office. They must have a high school diploma or GED, but candidates who possess an associate’s degree are often preferred. Data entry operators enter applicable data into computers, often utilizing company-specific databases.

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Data Entry Operator Tasks

  • Receive all documents and enter the data into the on-line system on the PC.
  • Operate a data entry device to input and maintain lists and records.
  • Create and update databases.
  • Maintain a daily count of all claims processed.

Common Career Paths for Data Entry Operator


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It's not very common for Data Entry Operators to move on to become Office Managers. Average pay for an Office Manager is $38K annually. It is quite typical for Data Entry Operators to transition into roles as Administrative Assistants or Data Entry Specialists, where reported median earnings are $4K and $2K higher per year.

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Survey takers who work as Data Entry Operators typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Excel, Data Entry, Typing, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Customer Service. Typing is a skill commonly found among those who know Data Entry.

Pay by Experience Level for Data Entry Operator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Data Entry Operators — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $25K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $27K. Data Entry Operators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $29K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $30K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Data Entry Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 13%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$27,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Data Entry Operator Salaries

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 13%

Data Entry
0%

National Average
$27,000

Typing
up arrow 1%

Customer Service
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 82 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 65% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 32%
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